Benchmark solid state drive performance

It’s worth replacing your old spinning drive with a solid-state drive, take a look at my post on how to clone old drive to Samsung solid state drive or San Disk. If your computer is just running slow, take a look at the performance to see which part of your computer is slowing down. Most likely it’s a hard drive, there are cases CPU, Memory and maybe network connection cause slowness. Here I have done a benchmark of spinning drive and solid state drive, so you can see the big difference between it.

Looking at task manager while using old spinning drive, if you click on the Disk it will give you more details of which application using it.

Looking at task manager while using the solid state drive, this is more like normal PC should be like on load usage of CPU, Memory, Disk etc…

Benchmark on old spinning drive:

Benchmark on solid state drive:

You can see big differences between spinning drive and solid state drive. This saves you time and frustration of waiting for your application to load. It also help you get things done faster, so now you will have more time to enjoy.

How to fix blurriness on Windows 10

These days we use multiple screens and it has different resolution support for each device, so you might have some application display blurry. Windows 10 normally ask you do you want to let Windows fix automatic for you? If you have missed the pop up or want to make changed to your settings, here is location where you make change.

settings>System>Display>Advanced scaling settings

by turning on the Fix scaling for apps to automatic, it should fix the blurry display.

You also have options to select each display that is connected to your Laptop or docking station for you to make the change. Sometime you want to text to display bigger or smaller to fit within your screen.

or you can right click on Desktop, then select Display settings

Based on what your monitor support, you will see options for you to select the Resolution of that monitor. If you don’t see, you can click on Detect to re-scan, also make sure your monitor is Plug-in/powered on and it’s on right Input, many monitor comes with more then one Input like HDMI, DVI, VGA, Disply-Port, etc…

Windows 10 is making easier for end user to make change now, so you should see links to help you with, if you need more.

Bring off-screen window to active Monitor

These days most of us are using more then one monitor screens and there are times, when we have open application on one screen and disconnect it without moving application back to active Window. Whatever that application is now open but you can’t see on your active monitor/screen. Restarting computer of course will clear out your issue, but you don’t want to loose what you have open. So if you know the keyboard shortcuts then it will help you here.

Option 1:

  • Alt+Tab to Application you want to move even though you may not see on screen
  • Then, use Windows+Left or Right arrow to move that application, you may need to press Windows+Arrow few time to see on your screen

Option 2:

  • Press Shift key and right-click application then select Move
  • Then use Right or Left arrow to move application

Last Option:

Would be just Restarting your computer should clear out the settings

There you have it, I will add more options, as I explore it. Many user don’t restart their computer for few weeks or months, which mean many changes to your computer settings/application may not take effect until your computer is restarted, so it’s best to restart your computer at least once a week.

Built-in OpenSSH client on Windows 10

Windows 10 has been adding more features which support open source like SSH client built-in, Windows updates started installing by default around April 2018 OpenSSH client. It’s a tool for Linux admin to connect from Windows computer before this Windows user has to install manually SSH client for Windows commonly used Putty, if you need a full set of feature of the SSH visit:

Now you can find it in Windows 10 under:
Settings>Apps & features>Then click on Manage optional features

You should see there OpenSSH client

To use it just open Windows command prompt or power shell and type ssh

to connect to your Linux server just type: ssh UserName@LinuxServerIP_or_DNS_Name

The first time it will prompt host key fingerprint and ask you to confirm to get connected type yes and enter your password

You should be connected to your Linux server
Start using Linux right from your Windows computer, when done just type exit as you normally would.

In case you need to remove known hosts added to your computer you can find it at C:\Users\YourUserName\.ssh\known_hosts

Next time you connect to the same server and known hosts has not been removed it will just ask for your password
Enjoy it Linux inside Window world 🙂

Windows Admin Center to manage Local and Remote server

Microsoft had announced Windows Admin Center (formerly Project Honolulu) back on April 12, 2018, and it’s been increasing use of Windows Admin Center to manage local and remote servers.  It’s used by many IT admins since it’s very lightweight and it can be installed on Windows 10 client machine (need admin rights to manage servers).  Microsoft has been adding many features on every new updates, it also have Extensions supports, so more products can be intergraded, at the moment more Preview.  If you are using Microsoft Azure, this would be great tool going forward to use instead of using 3rd party systems.  Once you have installed Windows Admin Center on your Windows 10 Client machine or on Windows server 2016 there are no agents need on target system. It uses Microsoft Edge (Windows 10, version 1709 or later) or Google Chrome browser.  It can manage Windows server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, and manage hyper-converged clusters, only requirements are windows management framework 5.1

It’s similar to Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and other tools.  This does not replace but it give more options in central modern management and it’s free.

To get started first download the Windows Admin Center:

1. Double click the setup to start the install, accept the terms and click Next

2. Click Next

3. Click Install (if you want or need to change port you can and also if you want to create desktop shortcut select box)

4. If everything goes well you should see following screen, and ready to be used.

Go to URL:6516 or whatever ports you had set on step 3 and start adding servers.

You will see Tools based on your server or PC hardware/software capabilities, here is compare tools between Windows server 2016 vs. Windows 10 Pro

That’s it, enjoy it

If you have issues as I did, here are some options to fix

If you get an error: Microsoft.PowerShell.LocalAccounts

Run this on powershell with admin rights:
[Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable(“PSModulePath”,”%SystemRoot%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules;” + ([Environment]::GetEnvironmentVariable(“PSModulePath”,”User”)),”User”)

Also, you may need to re-run the install again to uncheck the “Allow Windows Admin Center to modify this machine’s trusted hosts settings” Modifying TrustedHosts is required in a workgroup environment, or when using local administrator credentials in a domain. You need to configure TrustedHosts manually.

Common FaQ’s:

For more information: